17 April 2012
In September and October 2011 Cambodia was affected by one of the worst floods since 2000. According to Government reports, heavy monsoon rains and the consequent overflowing of the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers resulted in widespread flooding, affecting over 1.5 million people, displacing 214 000, as well as causing the loss of 247 lives. The floods also had a significant impact on the agricultural sector, damaging over 400 000 hectares of paddy fields, as well as transport and agricultural infrastructure, including irrigation systems. In view of the extensive flood damage, an FAO/WFP crop and food security update mission was fielded in the country between 30 January and 5 February 2012 to review the overall food supply situation and to evaluate possible food assistance requirements during the 2012 marketing year (January/December).